The concept of bad language

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Re: The concept of bad language

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hunter8 wrote: Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:55 am I heard it said by hotel female staff who are certainly not bar girls and should not use bad language freely like that.
Say it to them, and see what reaction you get.
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explorer wrote: Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:52 am
Freightdog wrote: Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:47 am A little like the french word merde, then?
No

I am amazed how many people live in the country but don't learn the language. If you put in the effort to learn the basics, it is easy to learn new words.
What does it have to do with learning the basics? This word sounds exactly like the word “f..k”. Why would they say it? Are they frustrated, upset? Can a barang say it when he is frustrated or upset? Please enlighten me.
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explorer wrote: Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:55 am
hunter8 wrote: Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:55 am I heard it said by hotel female staff who are certainly not bar girls and should not use bad language freely like that.
Say it to them, and see what reaction you get.
First i am going to tell them not to use it next time i hear it and watch their reaction. If they wonder what’s the big deal i am going to inquire them more about it. If they get shy about it i will know for sure it’s bad language.
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hunter8 wrote: Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:58 am Why would they say it? Are they frustrated, upset? Can a barang say it when he is frustrated or upset? Please enlighten me.
In Western culture we tell people if they say or do something we don't like. Cambodians don't. People say and do whatever they like, and normally nobody says anything.

If Cambodians don't like you, they wont say so. They just put on a fake act of being nice to you, but say bad things about you behind your back.

A lot of things we consider unacceptable, Cambodians consider acceptable.
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explorer wrote: Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:07 am A lot of things we consider unacceptable, Cambodians consider acceptable.
Can you give more examples of this?
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hunter8 wrote: Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:00 am First i am going to tell them not to use it next time i hear it and watch their reaction. If they wonder what’s the big deal i am going to inquire them more about it. If they get shy about it i will know for sure it’s bad language.
You don't understand Cambodian culture. If you tell any Cambodian not to do anything, they think you are the one with the problem, not them. Expect them to laugh at you.

The only exception is children. For example, you can tell children not to play on the road.
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hunter8 wrote: Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:11 am
explorer wrote: Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:07 am A lot of things we consider unacceptable, Cambodians consider acceptable.
Can you give more examples of this?
Look at the way they drive.

Look at the way they throw rubbish everywhere.

Learn Khmer, and spend time with Cambodian people, things will become clearer.
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explorer wrote: Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:15 am Learn Khmer, and spend time with Cambodian people, things will become clearer.
I try to do it as much as i can, thanks.
It is also interesting to get perspective on life here from westerners who have lived here long enough.
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explorer wrote: Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:07 am say bad things about you behind your back.
As the saying goes, sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me.
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explorer wrote: Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:15 am
hunter8 wrote: Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:11 am
explorer wrote: Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:07 am A lot of things we consider unacceptable, Cambodians consider acceptable.
Can you give more examples of this?
Look at the way they drive.

Look at the way they throw rubbish everywhere.

Learn Khmer, and spend time with Cambodian people, things will become clearer.

Been there,, Done that,, Now I'm more confused than ever.
Cambodia,,,, Don't fall in love with her.
Like the spoilt child she is, she will not be happy till she destroys herself from within and breaks your heart.
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